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Cubs Win!
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Well, that was more better. I like me a split every now and then, Fleegle. This one feels more like a 7-10 split though. There are too many games left with Milwaukee (and in general) for this short set to have decided anything. Ah well...double your pleasure, double your fun, Wrigley Field chums.

I’d like to believe that the Brewers are too disheartened to continue and are dragging their bats dejectedly back to the bus, but they’re really not, any more than the Cardinals and that double-dratted Matt Carpenter are going to stop trying to win just because I hate them. Et tu, Patrick Mooney?

I get that. I really do. If I were in charge, things would be different. But I ain’t, and they ain’t, and that’s not news.

The bats came alive for a game, though, that’s news, and good news, and Kyle Hendricks pitched well enough to win, and that’s good news, too, and there were crazy defensive plays, too, and that’s just plain fun. And they were mostly in the Cubs’ favor, which is good news, too.

Al’s recap has the details, and I’ll have reactions both hot and cold below. In the meantime, I’ll be applying PAM to the ledge in case there’s a small earthquake or even a really loud backfire. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs News and Notes:

“Just really honing in on being present and focus your breath and being able to control the things you can control and practicing mindfulness and being able to catch your mind drifting and bring it back,” he said. “All sorts of incredible skills to practice so that when you are in there with the game on the line in the ninth inning, you’re not overwhelmed by the situation because you’ve practiced to get back to where you need to be on this pitch.

”Not worried about what the story is around. Everybody wants to add a story to a thought. But if you could just have a thought for that thought and not put a story to it — like, ‘This is a 2-0 fastball, if I hit a homer, we tie the game.’

”It’s more — ‘This is the pitch I’m looking for and I’m gonna put my best swing on it and I’m gonna let whatever happens, happen. And that way, you can stay centered in to what you have to do on that pitch.” — David Bote.

Cubs this season are 60-46 when not playing the Brewers, and Brewers are 64-46 when not playing the Cubs. Cubs’ head-to-head dominance (9-4 vs. MIL) is probably going to wind up deciding the division. — Dayn Perry.

  • Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): José Quintana’s career-worst season continued Tuesday, while Yu Darvish inches closer to a return. “The home runs changed the game,” Quintana said.
  • (Cubs Insider): Quintana’s curveball getting career-worst results despite more spin and movement. “Quintana is throwing the hook with markedly less speed than in the past.”
  • (Cubs Insider): Brandon Morrow still not throwing from mound, Hickey optimistic about return before end of season. “Well, really he’s in the hands of the medical people for the most part,” Hickey said.
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times* {$}): Still-achy Cubs closer Morrow expects to throw from mound this weekend. “It’s just kind of a deep thing that’s just sticking around. I can’t put my finger on it,” said Morrow.
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Cubs’ struggling bats have players-only meeting. “...it’s just a check in to make sure everybody’s on the same page and everybody’s doing OK,” Ian Happ said.
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): Inside David Bote’s mental process. “This is the pitch I’m looking for and I’m gonna put my best swing on it and I’m gonna let whatever happens, happen.”
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Bote a ‘good person for baseball’ who never stopped improving, recalls former Cubs scout. “(Bote) was intriguing,” Rick Schroeder recalled. “A good player. I couldn’t have predicted this, but he was so good at learning.”
  • Paul Sullivan (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Umpire Phil Cuzzi stands by his call and ejection of Zobrist. “He just decided he wanted to get himself run,” Cuzzi said before Wednesday’s game at Wrigley Field. “And that’s what happened.”
  • Jared Wyllys (NBC Sports Chicago*): Cubs call for action from MLB/umpires as frustration continues to bubble up. “That’s a sensitive subject,” Happ said.
  • Jared Wyllys (NBC Sports Chicago*): Albert Almora, Jr leaning on perspective to push through struggles. “You always try to think about it as a game,” Almora said.
  • Mike Axisa (CBS Sports*): The Cubs traded for a playoff secret weapon from the Royals.Pinch-runner extraordinaire Terrance Gore was traded to the Cubs on Wednesday.”
  • Patrick Mooney (Sports Mockery): Here come the Cardinals. “The firing of Mike Matheny has seemed to light a fire under the third-place Cardinals...”

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.